Plan Your Visit
Welcome to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. We hope this page helps you plan your trip. Explore the pages below and download a copy of the Flagstaff Area National Monument newspaper Ancient Times if you're planning on visiting either of our sister parks, Wupatki or Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Most visitors drive through the 34 mile scenic loop that winds from Highway 89 through Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments. The scenic loop leads you from the high Ponderosa Pine forests of Sunset Crater, down nearly 2,000 feet in elevation to the red rocks and painted desert vistas of Wupatki. We hope you enjoy your trip!
To help you find your way.
Get information about our visitor center hours.
Information about entrance fees, group rates, and special use permits.
Find a hike to fit your interest and ability.
Did You Know?
Legend says that 19th-century explorer John Wesley Powell named Sunset Crater Volcano because its rim of red and yellow cinders suggested the colors of a perpetual sunset.